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A Wicked Company - by Philipp Blom (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 361

Genre: History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: France

Author: Philipp Blom

Language: English

Street Date: May 8, 2012
TCIN: 77263305
UPC: 9780465028658
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-1738

Description

The Economist
"Tells the story of a set of remarkable individuals on the radical fringes of the 18th-century European Enlightenment, whose determinedly atheistic and materialist philosophies denied the existence of God or the soul.... [P]art biography and part polemic...it is also an iconoclastic rebuttal of what he describes as the 'official' history of the Enlightenment, the sort of history that he finds 'cut in stone' on a visit to the Paris Pantheon. There the bodies of Voltaire and Rousseau were laid to rest with the blessing of the French state. Neither deserved it, suggests Mr Blom."

Booklist
"Blom here returns to the field of an earlier triumph...to take the measure of Encyclopedie's editor, Denis Diderot.... A perceptive, readable portrayal of a seminal coterie in the history of ideas."

Library Journal
"Blom reminds us that some 18th-century reformers were thoroughgoing materialists, scoffing at religion, even deist religion, and criticizing an oppressive, irrational society."

Daily Beast
"Blom brings to life the Enlightenment-shaping debates in the salon of Baron Thierry Holbach...and conveys the high drama that went along with the intellectual debates that helped lay the foundation for the modern world."

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